Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2012

VIDEO: Nani and Kagawa Goals vs Spurs

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"VIDEO: Nani and Kagawa Goals vs Spurs" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Spurs

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Lindegaard, Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Nani, Carrick, Scholes, Giggs, Kagawa, Van Persie.

Subs: De Gea, Anderson, Rooney, Hernandez, Welbeck, Cleverley, Wootton.

Live blog starting in 15 minutes.

"CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Spurs" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

LIVE BLOG: United vs Spurs

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Today's live blog is hosted by Justin, @TinManUnited. He's from Bermuda, a British Territory, which means he's very much influenced in British traditions, including sport. He was born in 1980 so his young life saw Liverpool's dominance still ongoing. He didn't get to see United play live until he was 21 and has been to a few games since.

Fergie: Not Sure Which Strike Partnership Is The Best

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Sir Alex Ferguson has compared the competition for places up front with the situation we found ourselves in during the 98-99 season, with Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole our first choice, as well as the options of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham.

Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney were the two highest scorers in the league last season, so you would presume they would be United's first choice this season, although Danny Welbeck and Chicharito are also competing to start.

Rooney: My Season Starts Now

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Wayne Rooney came back from the pre-season looking unfit and out of shape. After the defeat to Everton, he was dropped for the second game of the season against Fulham for Robin van Persie who scored. Rooney came off the bench and suffered a nasty injury which has kept him out since.

Rooney made his return midweek against Newcastle and looked much sharper than he had at the start of the season.

The Outcasts FC: The Suspended 1909 United Team

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The first meeting of the Association Football Players Union in 1907 was chaired by United player Billy Meredith. At the time, the FA put a £4 wage cap on the players' salaries and lacked compensation for injured players. This union campaigned against the FA to make things fairer for footballers.

Two years later, the FA withdrew its recognition of the union because it didn't like its authority questioned.

Where to put your money vs Spurs

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United play host to Spurs this weekend and look worthy favourites at 1.57 with bet365 and Betfred to bag another three points.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side have a terrific record against the Londoners and come into the game unbeaten in their last 6 matches in all competitions despite not playing at their best.

Ticket Prices To Turn Manchester Blue…?

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Manchester United beat Newcastle in the League Cup yesterday in front of a crowd of just 46,358. The League Cup is the last priority for United, so it's no surprise there's less interest, but couldn't the Glazers be doing more to allow more fans to go to the game?

Arsenal charged £10 for adults for their League Cup game this week (£20 in the upper tier), City charged £22.

Cleverley: More Goals To Come

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Tom Cleverley joined Manchester United when he was just 12-years-old and yesterday he scored his first goal for the club.

Having missed a sitter in the first half, Sir Alex Ferguson had a word with him at half-time. Cleverley, who was probably our best performer on the night, then went on to score the winner.

Fletch: It’s Great To Be Back

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A few months ago it looked as though Darren Fletcher's football career might be over.

After coming off the bench in our game against Galatasaray last week, playing in his first game for the first team in almost a year, Fletcher played the full 90 in our League Cup victory over Newcastle last night, wearing the captain's armband.

RoM Reads

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By Far The Greatest Team has an article on our realistic hopes for Ryan Tunnicliffe.

Sport 360 reports on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's transfer tip.

About Man Utd is the best resource for historical United stats.

Stretford End reviews our win over Newcastle.

Left Back In The Changing Room looks at the players who were tipped to become big players when they were younger but never fulfilled their potential.

Tunnicliffe’s Dad Bet On His 9-year-old Son

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Ryan Tunnicliffe has been at Manchester United since he was nine-years-old, having grown up just over 10 miles away from Old Trafford. When he joined the club, his dad put a £100 bet on that he would one day play for the first team.

Tunnicliffe has made his way up through the ranks at the club and won the Jimmy Murphy Player of the Year in 2011, an award previously won by the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Wes Brown and Danny Welbeck.

VIDEO: Anderson and Cleverley Goals vs Newcastle

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"VIDEO: Anderson and Cleverley Goals vs Newcastle" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Manchester United Face Chelsea In League Cup

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Manchester United will play Chelsea away in the next round of the League Cup.

"Manchester United Face Chelsea In League Cup" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Newcastle

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De Gea; Vermijl, M Keane, Wootton, Buttner; Fletcher, Cleverley, Anderson; Rooney, Welbeck, Hernandez.

"CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Newcastle" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

LIVE BLOG: UNITED vs Newcastle

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United vs Newcastle

Tonight's live blog will be hosted by Brad who is born and bred United fan. His dad took him to his first game at Old Trafford aged two on the Stretford End in the mid 80′s. These days he's a season ticket holder, living in exile in the capital. His favourite United memory is attending his first FA Cup Final and seeing a Cantona inspired United thrash Chelsea 4-0 in 1994.

Excellent Manchester United app

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One of the best Manchester United websites around, About Man Utd, have finally launched an iPod/iPad app. The website really is an excellent resource and one RoM uses regularly, with detailed data going back to 1892!

We have five of this app to give away and all you have to do is e-mail the answer to the following question to: republik_of_mancunia_competition[AT]hotmail.

Ahead of United vs Newcastle…

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United take on Newcastle in the League Cup tonight with the expectation of giving some of our youngsters a go whilst also ensuring we progress to the next round. Whilst the League Cup is regarded as our last priority, we've won it more than any other club in recent years and historically only Liverpool and Aston Villa have won it more times than us.

Arsenal Winger: I Miss RvP

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Theo Walcott has confessed that he is missing Robin van Persie since he left Arsenal for Manchester United this summer.

Van Persie has scored 5 goals in 5 starts for the reds this season, helping United to secure their position of 2nd in the table.

"You always miss your best players and he's a great man and great professional," Walcott said.

Rio: Rafael Will Be A Top Defender

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Rio Ferdinand has today sung the praises of Rafael da Silva, who scored our equalising goal against Liverpool.

Our right back has two goals in four games this season and his strengths certainly seem to lie in his attacking ability. However, Rio reckons he's got the makings of a great defender.

Evans: It’s An Honour Captaining United

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Jonny Evans, who has made his way through the ranks at United, has reflected on his experience of the League Cup. The competition is a great opportunity to give our young players some experience, as well as win silverware.

Evans was named captain for United in the competition last season, although it happened to be the game in the quarter-finals that saw us knocked out.

VIDEO: Liverpool Fan Shouts “Munich!” Before RvP Pen

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You always get one idiot... (54 seconds)

"VIDEO: Liverpool Fan Shouts "Munich!" Before RvP Pen" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

The Video That Someone Should Show Glen Johnson…

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Glen Johnson called Antonio Valencia a "cheat" today after he earned the winning penalty for Manchester United in our 2-1 victory over Liverpool on Sunday.

"It's so frustrating because I've not touched him. It's cheating at the end of the day. You don't expect people to do that. This is one of the best leagues in the world and you've got people doing that.

Vidic Out For Two Months

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"Nemanja Vidic has had a meniscus operation on his right knee and will be out for around eight weeks," read a club statement. "Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson rested Vidic as a precautionary measure at the weekend after he complained of tightness in his knee. However, further medical investigation revealed the underlying problem.

Glen Johnson The Latest To Deflect Blame

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Ahead of United's game against Liverpool, journalists claimed we were mocking Hillsborough when singing our "always the victims, it's never their fault" chant. The truth of the matter is weare addressing the nature of Liverpool FC and scousers in general, always looking for someone else to blame.

Alan Smith Suffering From Memory Loss?

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During Manchester United's 1-0 defeat in the FA Cup at the hands of Liverpool in 2006, Alan Smith broke his leg when trying to block a shot from John Arne Riise. After receiving treatment on the pitch, he was stretchered off. Whilst sections of the crowd applauded him off, it wasn't long before the word's to Riise's chant were changed by the home crowd.

Evra: I’ve Always Fought For My Place

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Patrice Evra, who is popular amongst the fans at Old Trafford because of the way he talks about the club, has been poor for United for a couple of seasons now.

Whilst he could once boast to being the best left back in the league, he is some way short of that title now.

An argument to explain his poor form could be just how much he has played for United over the years.

RoM Reads

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Beautifully Red has the best moments from our win against Liverpool in GIF form.

The Telegraph reports on Wayne Rooney's possible return tomorrow.

The Independent discusses on whether a door has been opened for Rio Ferdinand's return to International football.

Red Flag Flying High looks at the young players that might play tomorrow in the League Cup.

Evra: Best Feeling Winning At Anfield

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Patrice Evra was booed every time he touched the ball today because Liverpool striker Luis Suarez racially abused him last year. Evra didn't let that dampen the mood though and is delighted to have beaten the scousers at Anfield.

"It's unbelievable," he told MUTV. "To be fair, I always say one of the best sensations is when we win at Anfield.

Reactions To Victory Over Liverpool

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1. Another trip to Anfield, another dire Manchester United performance. I'm not entirely sure what it is about that place but we haven't put in a good performance there for years. Even when Liverpool went down to ten men we didn't look better than them, it just seemed to even things out. We conceded possession far too easily, there was little fight in the players and we didn't test the goalie anywhere near enough.

VIDEO: Rafael and Van Persie’s Goals vs Liverpool

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"VIDEO: Rafael and Van Persie's Goals vs Liverpool" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Shelvey Blames Ferguson For Red Card

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After Jonjo Shelvey got sent off for planting his studs in Jonny Evans' leg and not making any contact on the ball, he walked towards the tunnel where Sir Alex Ferguson was standing. Instead of accepting responsibility, acknowledging that he went over the ball with both feet off the ground, he instead blamed Ferguson.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Liverpool vs United

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Lindegaard, Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Nani, Kagawa, Van Persie.

Subs: De Gea, Buttner, Anderson, Scholes, Cleverley, Hernandez, Welbeck.

Individual player stats ahead of the game.

"CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Liverpool vs United" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Who Wants To Liveblog For RoM?

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This season our aim is to have a liveblog running for every single game. Whilst I will be running some of these, attending games and other commitments mean I can't do all of them.

Ideally I want to have a team of people who can take it turns to give the commentary for the games. I'm open to people from all around the world getting involved in this, as long as they are able to watch the game live.

RoM Reads

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SB Nation has an article on the impact of the 2008-2009 title race on United and Liverpool.

The Telegraph looks at the rivalry with Liverpool.

A Kick In The Grass wonders if it's time to ditch 442.

By Far The Greatest Team has all the stats on United vs Liverpool in the Premier League years.

Evans: You Never Forget Playing In United-Liverpool Games

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Ahead of Manchester United's trip to Anfield on Sunday, Jonny Evans has talked up the rivalry between the two club.

"The history of the two clubs makes it one of the biggest games in English football," said Evans. "The distance thing, the Merseyside-Manchester rivalry and all the history that goes with it means it will be no different on Sunday.

Dalglish: Fergie On The Phone Straight After Hillsborough

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Kenny Dalglish has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson was one of the first people to offer his help to Liverpool after the Hillsborough disaster.

"When the Hillsborough disaster happened back in 1989, Sir Alex Ferguson was straight on the phone to offer his help in any way he could," Dalglish said.

Where to put your money for Liverpool vs United

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United travel to Anfield on Sunday to take on arch rivals Liverpool and are a top priced 2.75 with Boylesports to come away with all three points.

As far as current form is concerned, Sir Alex's side look a great bet at odds-against.

Liverpool are still to register their first win of the new season and have managed just 2 points from four games.

Can United stand up to the pressure against Liverpool?

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Age-old rivals Liverpool and Manchester United go head-to-head on Super Sunday at Anfield, with both sides having much to prove. The hosts are looking to assert themselves under new boss Brendan Rodgers, whilst the visitors are eager to win back their Premier League title. With revelations over the Hillsborough disaster and a renewal of the race row between Patrice Evra and Luis Suarez in the thoughts ahead of the game, this is set to be an explosive encounter.

Fergie’s Letter To Fans: Stop Hating Liverpool

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"Dear Supporter,

"The great support you gave the team here [at Anfield] last season has seen our allocation back up to near-full levels. I want you to continue that progress today.

"But today [Sunday] is about much more than not blocking gangways. Today is about thinking hard about what makes United the best club in the world.

Best Behaviour

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Ahead of the Manchester derby in 2008, Manchester City requested that instead of having a minute's silence to mark the 50th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster, we have a minute's applause instead.

"With a minute's applause there would be less chance of any abuse," said Alan Galley, chairman of the Manchester City Supporters Club.

Competition: Win a Savile Rogue scarf in United colours

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Savile Rogue, purveyors of the world's finest football scarves, have just launched their new King scarf and they're marking the occasion by giving Republik of Mancunia readers the chance to win one in United colours.

If you're not familiar with them, Savile Rogue scarves give a nod to football terraces of yesteryear, shunning in-your-face logos and cheap nylon in favour of a traditional bar design and the comfort, quality and warmth of top grade cashmere wool.

This is how it feels to be City… XXIII

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Following Manchester City's defeat to Real Madrid thanks to a last minute Cristiano Ronaldo goal, blue hero Sergio Aguero revealed to journalists in the Spanish capital that the only reason why he went to City was because he had no choice.

"If Madrid had wanted me, I would be playing here," he said.

Vidic: We Will Be Proud Of United Fans

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Ahead of Manchester United's trip to Liverpool on Sunday, Nemanja Vidic has played down fears that our fans will show up the club by chanting about Hillsborough.

During Saturday's win against Wigan, we were wrongly accused of mocking the tragedy, claiming that our anti-Liverpool chants are not a cause for concern.

Reactions To Victory Over Galatasaray

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1. Whilst it wasn't a brilliant performance from United last night, it was important that we sorted out our poor home form from the Champions League last season, so I'm more than happy with the three points. We'll have tougher opposition in Braga still to come but the win takes the pressure off the players a bit and keeps the press off our back.

Why Don’t Our Players Know Who Is On Penalty Duty?

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Following our 1-0 win over Galatasaray last night, Sir Alex Ferguson claimed he thought Robin van Persie should have taken the second half penalty that Nani missed.

United have had three penalties this season, taken by Van Persie, Chicharito and now Nani, and all three of them have missed. Whilst that is a concern in itself, I can't believe that United are going in to Champions League games with no instruction from the manager on penalty taking duties.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Galatasaray

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De Gea, Rafael, Evans, Vidic, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Nani, Kagawa, van Persie.

"CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Galatasaray" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

It’s Never Their Fault

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Four minutes in to Manchester United's 4-0 win over Wigan, the Stretford End starting singing the Luis Suarez "racist bastard" chant. The chant that followed was "always the victims, it's never their fault". This is a standard occurrence at Old Trafford and United's away games, dating back to almost a year ago following Liverpool FC's refusal to accept that Luis Suarez was guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra.

RoM Reads

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ManUtd24 looks at when we played Galatasaray in 1994.

The Guardian has Rob Smyth's take on our trip to Hell in 1993.

Red Mancunian has a factfile on Galatasaray ahead of tonight's game.

Beautifully Red has our best moments from the Wigan game in GIF form.

By Far The Greatest Team looks at how much it costs a fan if their team make it to the Champions League final.

Lindegaard: Every Time You Play For United It’s An Exam

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Anders Lindegaard says he sees David de Gea as a co-worker, rather than someone who he believes is above or below him in rank.

Lindegaard has been preferred to De Gea since Fulham at home although there is the possibility the Spaniard may return to the starting XI for Galatasaray tomorrow.

"At this point, I see David's and my roles as co-workers rather than No 1 and No 2," he said.

Giggs: Galatasaray Memories Always With Me

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Ahead of this week's game against Galatasaray, Ryan Giggs has reflected on when he travelled to Turkey in 1993 and were welcomed to "hell" by their supporters.

United had drawn with them 3-3 at home so the goalless draw meant we were knocked out of the competition on away goals, but Giggs says the atmosphere in the ground that night is something he'll never forget.

Carragher: I’m Jealous Of Giggs And Scholes

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Jamie Carragher has admitted today that he is jealous of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs for all the success they've had with United. Carragher's best moment for Liverpool was winning the European Cup, but our legends have done that twice. Liverpool haven't won the league since 1990, when Carragher was just 12-years-old old, whilst Giggs has 12 league winners medals whilst Scholes has 10.

Powell: United Fans Are Great

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Nick Powell joined Shinji Kagawa, Robin van Persie and Alexander Büttner as a new signing to score on his home debut after a great strike against Wigan.

"It was great to make my debut," he told MUTV. "To then cap it off with a goal is what I've been working for. Dario (Gradi, Crewe's director of football) used to say my game isn't just attacking and defending, it's about goals as well and I proved that last season and hopefully I can do that for United.

Reactions To Victory Over Wigan

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1. In the newsletter I reflected on just how we times we've beaten Wigan 4 or 5 nil since our first ever match against them when they joined the Premier League in 2005. There were times yesterday when you had to doubt whether a 4-0 was on the cards but somehow, like we usually do against them, we stepped up our game to dish out a thrashing.

VIDEO: Scholes, Chicharito, Buttner and Powell Goals vs Wigan

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Resumen: Man.United 4-0 Wigan by Emenderk
"VIDEO: Scholes, Chicharito, Buttner and Powell Goals vs Wigan" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Van der Sar: I Spoke To RvP For 55 Minutes Before He Signed

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Edwin Van der Sar has revealed that Robin van Persie rang him up to ask him advice on who to choose between United, City and Juventus. Having played for two of the three clubs, Van der Sar was in a good position to give his verdict, but it was clear that our former keeper only wanted him to join one club.

Fergie: I’m Lucky To Have Devoted Players Like Scholes And Giggs

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If he plays today, Ryan Giggs will be making his 600th Premier League appearance, whilst Paul Scholes is ready to make his 700th appearance for the club and Rio Ferdinand his 400th.

"My personal feeling is that Ryan can play for another couple of years," said Ferguson. "Paul's a different physical specimen to Ryan and he's had his injuries – two knee injuries, an eye injury – and yet he's playing his 700th game.

Bruce: Scout Report Said I Wasn’t Good Enough For United

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Steve Bruce has revealed that when he left Manchester United, the leaving present he received from Sir Alex Ferguson was a scout report on Bruce before the manager's time at the club.

With Bruce playing for Gillingham in Division Three, a scout in the early 1980′s reckoned that Bruce wasn't good enough for United.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Wigan

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Lindegaard, Rafael, Rio, Vidic, Buttner, Nani, Carrick, Scholes, Giggs, Chicharito, Welbeck.

"CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Wigan" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Where To Put Your Money For United vs Wigan

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United are long odds-on at 1.25 to beat Wigan at Old Trafford this weekend, and if the stats are anything to go by they should do just that and register a comfortable victory. The Red Devils had won all 14 meetings in all competitions with the Latics prior to their defeat in April last season, [...]

Rooney: I Tell Fergie He’s Wrong

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In Wayne Rooney's autobiography, he has revealed that sometimes he will shout back at Sir Alex Ferguson if he believes he is being shouted at for no reason. There's nothing worse than getting the 'hairdryer' from Sir Alex. When it happens, the manager stands in the middle of the room and loses it at me.

RvP Fit For Wigan

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Robin van Persie always seemed to return from International duty injured when he played for Arsenal. His last season at the club was the first time he had played in more than 28 league games in his entire career. When he was subbed off at half-time during Holland's game against Hungary, rumours quickly circulated that [.

Rooney: Fergie Told Me I Didn’t Deserve New Deal

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Wayne Rooney has revealed in his autobiography that the worst telling off he has seen a player get from Sir Alex Ferguson was after United's 1-0 defeat to Celtic in the Champions League. Louis Saha missed an easy chance, with him appearing to believe he was offside, before seeing his last minute penalty saved by [.

RoM Reads

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Stretford End looks at how the press treated Manchester United this week. By Far The Greatest Team has stats onwhich United players have received the ball most, been the most effective crossers and beenmost accurate in their shooting. The Guardian reports on Ferguson's call for vile chants to stop.

Lindegaard: DDG And I Are Very Good Friends

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With Sir Alex Ferguson chopping and changing our starting keeper, some might wonder what impact this had on David de Gea and Anders Lindegaard's relationship behind the scenes. However, when asked if the rivalry had affected his friendship with De Gea, he was clear that it hadn't. "Not at all. I can say, with hand [.

RoM Reads

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The Evening News discusses our defensive issues. Samafoot reports on United's desire to sell Anderson. By Far The Greatest Team wonders how much it would cost to insure Rooney. The FA has an interview with Danny Welbeck following his game changing substitution last night. The Daily Mail reports on Rio Ferdinand's driving ban.

Young: Valencia Has It All

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Ashley Young has sung the praises of our latest number 7, Antonio Valencia, after he won the Fans' and Players' Player of the Season in 2011-2012. Young thinks that Valencia, who doesn't have an agent, has it all and deserves all the praise that comes his way. "Last season he had everything," he told Inside [.

Carrick: You ain’t seen nothing yet

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Michael Carrick, who enjoyed great form for Manchester United last season, claims that he still believes he can improve. "Hopefully I'm a better player now than I was a couple of years ago," he said. "I feel I have improved and I'm hoping to still improve. I've just turned 31 and the peak time in [..

Rooney: I Made A Big Mistake

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In his exclusive interview with the Evening News, Wayne Rooney has reflected on October 2010 when he dropped the bombshell of wanting to leave United for a club that could meet his ambition. After changing his mind, he lifted United's record breaking 19th title at the end of the season, making them the most successful [.

RoM Reads

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The Evening News has an exclusive interview with Wayne Rooney. A Kick In The Grass looks at the problems United still have despite our class addition of Van Persie. Beautifully Red has the best moments from August in GIF form. By Far The Greatest Team looks at Heysel in detail and wonders whether this is [.

VIDEO: RvP Scores For Holland Against Turkey

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"VIDEO: RvP Scores For Holland Against Turkey" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Rooney: I Didn’t Blame Ronaldo – I Tried To Get Him Booked Too

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In the latest instalment of Wayne Rooney's autobiography, which is currently being printed in The Mirror, our striker reflects on his red card at the World Cup in 2006. Ronaldo was one of five Portuguese players who was complaining to the ref but the press in this country blamed him not only for Rooney's red [.

Henriquez: Improvements Needed To Reach United’s Level

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Following his move from Universidad de Chile this summer, Angelo Henriquez has acknowledged that he needs to improve if he is to get time in United's first team. "I'm training and looking to get an opportunity," the 18-year-old told Radio Bio Bio. "There are many things I have to improve to reach the level of [.

Fergie: Watching Murray More Nerve Racking Than United

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Andy Murray won his first Grand Slam last night after beating Novak Djokovic over five sets in New York. After winning the first two sets, he was pegged back to 2-2, only to go on to win the fifth and beat the defending champions. Sir Alex Ferguson was in the crowd and said he found [...]

Kagawa: Injury Not Serious

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Shinji Kagawa today pulled out of Japan's World Cup qualifying game against Iraq, leading to fears he was as cursed as so many other of our players when it comes to injuries. Fortunately, it seems as though the decision not to play is just precautionary and the injury is not serious. "I felt a twinge [.

Van Persie Injured? No, Just Another Precaution

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Robin van Persie was removed at half-time during Holland's 4-1 win against Hungary. He received a knock to his left thigh but Holland's manager, Louis Van Gaal, claims the substitution was just precautionary. "Robin Van Persie was taken off as a precaution," said Van Gaal. This news follows Shinji Kagawa's withdrawal from Japan's squad today [.

VIDEO: Brady Scores On Ireland Debut

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Earlier this year, Manchester United winger Robbie Brady was named Ireland's U-21 Player of the Year and last week became their highest ever scorer at this level. Brady was called up to the first team for tonight's game to make his début against Oman. He scored a good goal to put them 2-0 in their [.

Rooney: I Didn’t Blame Ronaldo – I Tried To Get Him Booked Too

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In the latest instalment of Wayne Rooney's autobiography, which is currently being printed in The Mirror, our striker reflects on his red card at the World Cup in 2006. Ronaldo was one of five Portuguese players who was complaining to the ref but the press in this country blamed him not only for Rooney's red card, but for England's exit from the tournament, despite the game finishing in a draw and Gerrard, Lampard and Carragher all missing their penalties.

VIDEO: RvP Scores For Holland Against Turkey

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RoM Reads

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The Evening News has an exclusive interview with Wayne Rooney.

A Kick In The Grass looks at the problems United still have despite our class addition of Van Persie.

Beautifully Red has the best moments from August in GIF form.

By Far The Greatest Team looks at Heysel in detail and wonders whether this is why Del Piero turned down Liverpool.

Carrick: You ain’t seen nothing yet

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Michael Carrick, who enjoyed great form for Manchester United last season, claims that he still believes he can improve.

"Hopefully I'm a better player now than I was a couple of years ago," he said. "I feel I have improved and I'm hoping to still improve. I've just turned 31 and the peak time in players' careers seems to be a little bit later so hopefully that carries on and I've still got the best years ahead of me.

Carrick: You ain’t seen nothing yet

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Michael Carrick, who enjoyed great form for Manchester United last season, claims that he still believes he can improve.

"Hopefully I'm a better player now than I was a couple of years ago," he said. "I feel I have improved and I'm hoping to still improve. I've just turned 31 and the peak time in players' careers seems to be a little bit later so hopefully that carries on and I've still got the best years ahead of me.

Rooney: I Made A Big Mistake

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In his exclusive interview with the Evening News, Wayne Rooney has reflected on October 2010 when he dropped the bombshell of wanting to leave United for a club that could meet his ambition.

After changing his mind, he lifted United's record breaking 19th title at the end of the season, making them the most successful English club in history, as well as scoring in the Champions League final, making a mockery out of his suggestion that United weren't a match for him.

Rooney: I Made A Big Mistake

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In his exclusive interview with the Evening News, Wayne Rooney has reflected on October 2010 when he dropped the bombshell of wanting to leave United for a club that could meet his ambition.

After changing his mind, he lifted United's record breaking 19th title at the end of the season, making them the most successful English club in history, as well as scoring in the Champions League final, making a mockery out of his suggestion that United weren't a match for him.

Rooney: I want to end my career at United

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Following speculation that Wayne Rooney was again ready to make a move away from United, he has today given an exclusive interview with the Evening News where he claims that he wants to stay at the club for as long as we want him.

"I look at the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes at United and they are a massive example to us all," he said.

Rooney: I want to end my career at United

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Following speculation that Wayne Rooney was again ready to make a move away from United, he has today given an exclusive interview with the Evening News where he claims that he wants to stay at the club for as long as we want him.

"I look at the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes at United and they are a massive example to us all," he said.

Tosic: I Shouldn’t Have Left United

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The transfer in January 2009 of Zoran Tosic and his team mate, Adem Ljajic, was a strange one. United agreed a deal that could be worth up to £17m for the pair, with Llajic due to stay with Partizan Belgrade for the rest of the season.

However, United later pulled of out the deal to sign Ljajic, only for him to go on to sign for Fiorentina the following year.

Rooney: I Love Being The Playmaker

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Wayne Rooney has suggested that as he gets older and loses some of his pace, he plans to play in central midfield. Having played there a few times last season when United were hit by injuries, Rooney grew to enjoy the role, although would still prefer to play up front for the time being.

"I did my bit by dropping into a central midfield role when the team got hit by injuries last season," Rooney said in My Decade in the Premier League, which is being serialised by the Daily Mirror.

Glory Glory – Holy Trinity

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In 2008, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of United's first European Cup win, a statue of Denis Law, George Best and Sir Bobby Charlton was put up outside Old Trafford, our "Holy Trinity".

Sir Bobby Charlton spend 17 seasons at United, scoring 259 goals (our highest ever goalscorer), and won three league titles, one FA Cup and the European Cup.

Scholes: We’re Lucky To Have Kagawa

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Paul Scholes, who has been used sparingly so far this season, has sung the praises of the quality of our squad and is happy with the competition for places.

"You always like to see new players come in even if they're in your position because it's healthy for the team and exciting to play with the new players," he told ManUtd.

Rooney: Other Managers Wouldn’t Have Dropped Me

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Between Boxing Day and New Year, Wayne Rooney, Darron Gibson and Jonny Evans went out for a meal and a few drinks with their WAGs.

The three players were dropped for our next game against Blackburn, amidst rumours that they were unable to train properly, presumably due to a hangover.

United went on to lose that game, with Rafael and Park starting as our central midfielders.

Henriquez: Thrilled To Join Biggest Club In The World

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Manchester United have today confirmed the signing of 18-year-old Angelo Henriquez. The Chile under-23 striker joins United from Universidad de Chile for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £4m.

"I am thrilled to be joining the biggest club in the world. Manchester United is a great team and has a great manager," he said.

Fergie: Bolt can play for United against Real Madrid

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Usain Bolt is a Manchester United and has spent the day at Carrington and attended games at Old Trafford before now.

Over the summer, Bolt made a video, his "audition" for United, which was pretty good evidence that he shouldn't give up his day job!

Rio Ferdinand took to Twitter to let Bolt know Sir Alex Ferguson had invited him back to Carrington.

RoM Reads

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By Far The Greatest Team looks at why United shouldn't want Ronaldo back.

Beautifully Red has five beautiful moments from Sunday's win over Southampton in GIF form.

ManUtd24 looks at the impact of RvP.

ManUtd.com has an interview with Vidic about our defensive problems.

Soccerlens reviews United's transfer window.

RvP: Scholes Makes United Tick

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Whilst Robin van Persie was named Man of the Match for today's 3-2 victory over Southampton, our striker claims that it is Paul Scholes, who came on for the last half an hour when we were 2-1 down, who was the best player on the pitch.

"Of course everybody worked hard, but I have to say a big thank you to Paul Scholes because everything started to tick when he came on," Robin said in an interview with Sky Sports.

Fergie: We never give up

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Sir Alex Ferguson watched his team secure victory in his 1000th league game as Manchester United manager in typical fashion for us, leaving it until the last few minutes to turn a 2-1 defeat in to a 3-2 win.

"We never give up," he told MUTV. "Of course, it's in the history books.

RvP: I don’t know what I was thinking about with the penalty

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With United 2-1 down away at Southampton today, Robin van Persie won a penalty thanks to a reckless challenge from behind. The Dutchman stepped up to score his second equalising goal of the game but then took a bizarre penalty, a poor attempt at an Andrea Pirlo from this summer's Euro 2012, and the keeper saved it.

Quick Reactions To United’s Victory Over Southampton

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1. Southampton had lost their opening two games of the season but had taken the lead twice against City at the Etihad, so they're not total mugs. They took the lead twice against us too but this game was at their place. Despite an impressive opening ten minutes, with United playing some great football, we just didn't get to grips with the game.

VIDEO: RvP’s Goal vs Southampton

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Fergie: De Gea’s Mistake Cost Him His Place

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Sir Alex has explained that David de Gea has been left out of the starting line-up for Southampton because of his mistake against Fulham last weekend. United were comfortably winning 3-1 but after failing to make a cross his own, Fulham were let back in to the game and we looked fairly shaky from then on.

Fergie: Rooney is no Ryan Giggs

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Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken about Wayne Rooney's fitness after claiming on Friday that his injury was a "blessing". Following his break after Euro 2012, Rooney returned to the squad overweight and unfit, which has frustrated some fans, given that he's the highest paid player at the club.

Ferguson has compared Rooney to people like Giggs, claiming that Rooney needs game to regain his fitness.

Where to put your money vs Southampton

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United travel to St Mary's to take on Southampton this weekend, and are 1.57 with Betfred to come away with all three points. They have won on their last four visits in all competitions, and having got back on track with a 3-2 win over Fulham following their opening game defeat at the hands of Everton and in reality should prove far too strong for The Saints.

Not another grey day

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I owned that grey shirt and I loved it. Looking back now, I'm not entirely sure why, because it's pretty ugly, but I thought I looked the business in it. I can't imagine my parents were too pleased when I refused to wear it a few months after buying it. I wasn't a brat, I swear, but when the team stopped wearing it, I thought I should too.

LINE-UP: Southampton vs UNITED

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Lindegaard, Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Kagawa, Welbeck, Van Persie.

Subs: De Gea, Evans, Giggs, Nani, Scholes, Hernandez, Powell.

"LINE-UP: Southampton vs UNITED" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Gerrard: Fergie Wanted Me

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Steven Gerrard has claimed that he could have played for Chelsea, United and Real Madrid, but instead opted to stay at Liverpool.

"That sort of thing has been going on for the last 10 years. People only really heard about it with Mourinho and Chelsea in 2004 and 2005. But it has happened a few times," said Gerrard.